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Expat financial services providers should consider MARD

However, it is only since 2014 that HMRC has been able to issue Advanced Payment Notices to expatriates who have used disputed tax avoidance / tax minimisation schemes. These APNs mean that those under investigation must pay upfront and dispute later.

There are a number of issues to consider for expatriates under investigation, not least for high net worth individuals living abroad who may find themselves unfairly targeted as a result of political motives and internal HMRC investigation targets.

Whatever the case, and whatever the possible rights and wrongs, it is essential that expats respond promptly to local tax authorities operating on behalf of HMRC – and the first component of this should be ensuring reliable expat financial advice together with jurisdictional legal advice.

Once this has been done there may, depending on the individual case, be plenty of scope for challenging the recovery of the claimed liability using MARD procedures.

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Panama Papers and the banks

panama papersAt the moment, politicians across the world – especially, it seems, in the UK – are in the spotlight regarding their tax affairs. Banks, however, will also soon be in the spotlight, as by Friday 15th April they have been told to hand any information regarding their dealings with the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers over to the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority.

As a result, pressure is growing on the City watchdog to launch a full-blown investigation into these explosive claims.

It has already become clear that nearly all of the major banks are involved to some degree, with a few well known Banks such as HSBC, Deutsche Bank, UBS, Coutts and Rothschild’s standing out more than others.

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Could Spain be heading for its own EU referendum?

Red PencilThe process of Brexit is a complicated business. It’s been a year since Britons voted to leave the European Union. But how has Britain’s controversial decision and its handling of the situation thus far affected other EU countries’ views of the Brussels-based Union? Has the uncertainty faced by the British Government convinced others to stay put, or do they wish to follow suit and have a Frexit, Spexit, Grexit, etc.?

A recent poll by Pew Research Centre gathered opinions from almost 10,000 people from 10 European countries including France, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Italy, Greece, Hungary and UK. The purpose of the survey was to find out the attitudes towards Brexit and the EU from across Europe. It questioned respondents on topics such as would they want a referendum of their own and whether they think Brexit is positive or negative for Britain and other member countries.

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